Staff Development

Staff Development Available

  1. Discipline – A Positive, Practical Approach
  2. Discipline – A Problem Solving Approach: Using Class Meetings to Teach Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Character Education, Anger Management, and Bullying Prevention
  3. Practical Strategies for Working Successfully with Difficult, Non-Compliant and At-Risk Students
  4. New Teacher Induction Workshops on Classroom Management
  5. Developing a Unified, School-Wide Discipline Plan
  6. A Workshop for Support Staff – How to Positively Interact with Students
  7. A Program for Parents – Helping Your Children to become Responsible
  8. Positive Behavior Support – Practical, Behavior and Instructional Strategies for Using the RTI Model with Disruptive, Non-Compliant, and At-Risk Students
  9. Managing Your Bus with a Positive, Practical Approach

Description of Workshops

All workshops are developed to specifically meet the needs of the participants. Keynote presentations on motivation are also available.

1. Managing Today’s Classroom – A Positive, Practical Approach To Discipline
(K – 12) (One or two-day seminar)

This seminar will provide the participants with practical, proven strategies that can be used immediately for developing a complete classroom management plan. Participants will learn short-term intervention strategies that will help them deal with difficult, non-compliant students and long-term strategies to help bring about change.

Spencer Henry does not represent these experts, but has extensively studied the philosophies and practices of Glasser, Adler and Dreikurs. From these experts and his forty years of experience, he has developed practical ideas to help teachers build self-discipline in their classrooms and school.

2. Discipline – A Problem Solving Approach: Using Class Meetings to Teach Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution, Character Education, Anger Management, and Bullying Prevention
(Elementary, special needs teachers, middle schools with advisee advisor / or home base programs)
(One-day seminar)

Classroom Meetings are an effective strategy for helping to develop a safe school. It teaches all students the essential skills needed to be successful in life; i.e. conflict resolution, problem solving, social skills, inter-personal skills, communication skills, tolerance, decision making and self worth. It helps children learn to become responsible and accountable for their actions. Class Meetings develop an environment where children’s basic needs are met: safety and security, belonging and significance.

This seminar will help take the teacher out of the roles of police, judge, jury and executioner. It will provide the participants with the necessary skills to develop a caring environment based on mutual respect where positive discipline can be incorporated. Participants will learn a step-by-step approach for incorporating this outstanding strategy.

3. Practical Strategies For Working Successfully With Difficult, Non-Compliant and At-Risk Students
(K – 12) (One or two-day seminar)

As society has changed, so have our clientele. There are more difficult, non-compliant and at-risk children coming to school than ever before. As educators, we have a lot of questions about dealing with these students:

“How can I teach when students are irresponsible and disrespectful?” “How do I deal with students who say, ‘I don’t care.’” “What do I do when they push my button?” “What do I do when I have more than one at-risk student?” “How do I deal with disrespectful students without losing credibility with my other students?” “What teaching strategies can I use to help at-risk students become successful?” “How can I get my students to become more responsible?” “How can I avoid conflict and power struggles with challenging students?” “When and where do I go for help?”

This seminar will answer these and many more questions for working successfully with difficult, non-compliant and at-risk students.

4. New Teacher Induction Workshops on Classroom Management
(New teachers K – 12) (One or two-day seminar)

This workshop is designed to help new teachers acquire survival skills and a system for developing positive classroom management. Strategies for preventing discipline problems will be taught. Included are short-term strategies for dealing with misbehavior and how to stay out of confrontations. The participants will learn how to develop positive relationships with students. They will also learn how to help students resolve problems and bring about change in their behavior. Start your teachers off with an opportunity to be successful.

5. Developing a School-Wide Discipline Plan
(K – 12) (One or two-day seminar)

This workshop is designed to help school administrators or school committees evaluate and develop their building discipline plans. It will help the participants assess their present plan and needs. A school-wide discipline plan includes a belief system, procedures and strategies.

6. A Workshop For Support Staff – How To Positively Interact With Students
(Classroom aids, cafeteria aids, bus drivers) (Half-day or full-day presentation)

The number of part time or full time non-professional people working in our schools is increasing. Most of these people have no training in dealing with misbehaving children.

This workshop is designed for instructional aides, cafeteria aides, recess aides or bus drivers. It will help them to deal with students in a positive way.

This workshop can be adapted to first-line supervisors, secretaries or other support staff on how to deal with difficult people (students, parents or other colleagues).

7. A Program for Parents – Helping Your Children to Become Responsible
(Parents K – 12) (One and one half to two-hour presentation)

How many times as educators have we said, “These kids are not responsible. What are their parents doing?” Think about this: To drive a car, you must take a test and demonstrate driving skills. What skills or training do you need before you can become a parent?

How often have you heard parents say, “I don’t know what to do.” We have all seen parents in a grocery store, a doctor’s office or at a fast food restaurant demonstrating poor parenting skills or unable to control their children?

Parents of both good and bad kids need parenting skills. This program is designed to help provide parents with additional skills needed to deal with today’s children.

8. Positive Behavior Support – Practical, Behavior and Instructional Strategies for Using the RTI Model with Disruptive, Non-Compliant, and At-Risk Students
(K – 12) (One day seminar)

In education, we are faced with greater challenges than ever before. There are more students with special needs. More special needs students are placed in regular classrooms.

The law requires that no child be left behind (Now “Race to the Top”) and that children must be placed in the least restrictive environment. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires that we provide a Positive behavior support system. These initiatives don’t tell us how, just that we must do it.

This seminar will provide you with a step-by-step approach to developing a PBIS (Positive Behavior Instructional Support) program using the RTI (Response to Intervention) model and dozens of practical, doable instructional and behavior strategies that can be used in your school and classroom.

9. Managing Your Bus with a Positive, Practical Approach
(Half day or full day workshop)

My first year as an assistant principal, I found most of my discipline problems did not come from the classroom, but from busses. It did not take me long to understand why. We trained our drivers on how to drive the bus, but we never trained them how to manage students. Once we trained our drivers on how to positively interact with and manage students, our office referrals declined drastically. This workshop will provide your drivers with practical, doable strategies that they can use immediately.